The New Challenge in the Management of Proximal Femur Fractures during SARS Cov-2 outbreak

The New Challenge in the Management of Proximal Femur Fractures during SARS Cov-2 outbreak

Authors

  • Fabrizio Matassi Orthopaedic Clinic - University of Florence - Largo Palagi, 1 - 50139 - Florence, Italy
  • Nicola Piolanti Orthopaedic and Trauma Clinic - University of Pisa - Via Paradisa 2 - 56124 - Pisa, Italy
  • Gabriele Filoni Orthopaedic and Trauma Clinic - University of Pisa - Via Paradisa 2 - 56124 - Pisa, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5060-4908
  • Niccolò Giabbani Orthopaedic Clinic - University of Florence - Largo Palagi, 1 - 50139 - Florence, Italy
  • Gianluca Nulvesu Orthopaedic and Trauma Clinic - University of Pisa - Via Paradisa 2 - 56124 - Pisa, Italy
  • Carlo Rostagno Department of experimental clinical medicine - University of Florence - Largo Palagi, 1 - 50139 - Florence, Italy
  • Roberto Civinini Orthopaedic Clinic - University of Florence - Largo Palagi, 1 - 50139 - Florence, Italy
  • Michelangelo Scaglione Orthopaedic and Trauma Clinic - University of Pisa - Via Paradisa 2 - 56124 - Pisa, Italy

Keywords:

Covid-19, Hip Fractures, Proximal Femur, Neck Fractures, Pertrochanteric Fractures

Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate how the spread of Sars-Cov-2 has changed the epidemiology of proximal femur fractures in two major trauma centers in Italy, understanding the workload and the best allocation of the resources for the orthopedics department in such an emergency situation.

The rate of patients from January 2019 to April 2020 hospitalized with femoral neck fractures (group A) and trochanteric fractures (group B) were recorded. Demographic data, timing of surgical treatment and the length of stay were recorded.

Data show that the number of proximal femur fractures has remained unchanged in the COVID and pre-COVID era (ranging from an average of 91.14/month in the pre-COVID era to 76/month in March and 80/month in April). In our trauma centers, the rate of patients operated on within 48 hours has remained stable (78.19% vs 77.92%), while the length of stay has decreased during the COVID period (8.9 days vs 6.5 days in March and 6.8 days in April).

Proximal femur fractures, even during the COVID period, are a constant issue and a new challenge for the healthcare system. The main goals of management are to preserve patients from viral infection, to provide early surgical treatment and fast track protocol for discharge.

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02-09-2021

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ORIGINAL INVESTIGATIONS/COMMENTARIES - SPECIAL COVID19

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Matassi F, Piolanti N, Filoni G, Giabbani N, Nulvesu G, Rostagno C, et al. The New Challenge in the Management of Proximal Femur Fractures during SARS Cov-2 outbreak. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 2 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];92(4):e2021338. Available from: https://www.mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/10965